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EPIDEMIC TRANSMISSION IN A PREDATOR-PREY SYSTEM

Epidemic disease constitutes a substantial threat to the viability of species, especially of endangered, social species. In the latest issue of Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, a group of Chinese scientists together with C·I·B researcher Cang Hui explored the complex dynamics and spatial patterns related to this question (figures from the publication are shown here). They combined mathematical analysis with computer simulation as a powerful tool to foresee the profound effect of epidemic transmission in an ecological system, in what is an emerging field known as the eco-epidemiology. Not only were they able to simulate a variety of realistic spatial patterns, but also gain insights into the effect of habitat destruction on disease control.


Find out more of this work at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11538-008-9340-3